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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the December edition of your Hucclecote Link. Can you believe it is December already and Christmas is just around the corner! Hucclecote Community centre, on the opposite page, are advertising many events over the Christmas period, from carol concerts, to New Years Eve parties - book now to not miss out, just remember to quote ‘Link’ when booking with them. If you fancy a little pampering before your Christmas parties, local salon Touch of Beauty are offering new customers 20% discount, so take advantage of their offer this month, find them on page 22. Or maybe you are feeling the Winter blues and fancy topping up your tan or taking advantage of the beauty offers from the Beauty Spot Glos on page 23. If you are stuck for a Christmas gift, Therapy by Sam Baggot are offering gift vouchers that would make the perfect present - see more details on page 28. Once Christmas is out of the way maybe you have an occasion to celebrate early next year - well Saintbridge Sports Centre are offering FREE room hire on Friday evenings and Sundays during January and February 2020 - to take advantage of this offer see more details on page 18. If you are thinking about advertising your business in the new year - we have a great offer for you this month - Book for January and get February 2020 for FREE. May I wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year ... Sarah.

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J.WILLIAMS - Unit 17, Innsworth Technology Park, Glos Office Tel No: (01242) 528878 or (01242) 210953 Mobile 07787 394452 Find us in Yellow Pages

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D2B designs Design and prepare architectural drawings for extensions, conversions, alterations and improvements to your home We also carry out custom designs for new homes with your needs in mind. All plans are prepared and submitted on your behalf for Local Authority Building Control and Planning Approvals. For a prompt, private and professional service call:

07973 621078 and speak to Graham for a free quote and friendly, helpful advice.

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How to stop the smell and gurgling from your sink or basin. A very popular question is " How can I stop my basin/shower gurgling when I pull the plug out?" To solve this problem it’s a good idea to know what causes the problem. The water leaves the basin and begins its run into the trap underneath. This trap has water in it, which stops smells coming back up through the pipes into the room through the plughole. When the water from the basin passes through the trap, it begins its run to the main waste pipe and out into the external manholes and main sewers. Some of this journey is made through (inside the building) vertical pipes and sometimes through pipes that have rather more than the 1 in 40 slope, which is recommended for foul water drainage. This encourages the water to run very quickly and sometimes this causes a vacuum behind the flow. This vacuum sucks at the water that remains in the trap. Most often this "sucking" causes the water in the trap to bubble and gurgle - hence the gurgling noise. Sometimes the water is sucked out of the trap completely and this is when foul gasses can get back into the room. Fitting an air inlet valve is easy. The pipe from the trap can be cut (as near to the trap as possible) and a Tee piece inserted. The air inlet valve is then fixed to the top of a vertical length of pipe from the Tee piece. When the valve is fitted the water runs away as before but instead of the vacuum sucking water from the trap it just sucks air which is admitted through the valves. This allows the water to run away noiselessly from basin, bath and shower hence little or no disturbance to the water in the trap and no foul smells coming back through the plughole. Regards Dave Stevens. If in doubt call me (see main advert for number) and I will do the investigating for you. Disclaimer. All advice above is given in goodwill with many years experience. We cannot guarantee however that your problems will be rectified so please, if in doubt call us before undertaking any works yourself.

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Bestselling Gloucester Author’s latest novel makes HarperCollins main crime and thriller list Author and Gloucester resident Rachel Sargeant’s latest novel is on target for publication this month with publishing giant HarperCollins, launching Rachel onto their main crime and thriller list. The Roommates, Rachel’s new psychological thriller follows her previous novel The Good Teacher, which made HarperCollins Killer Reads digital-first list. Set on a university campus and published just as real life students get stuck into their new college careers, The Roommates is a change of crime-scene from Rachel’s previous novels but with yet another shocking twist that won’t disappoint. Rachel has lived in Abbeymead, Gloucester, with her husband and children for the past ten years. Before becoming a full time author, Rachel was a school librarian in Gloucester and Cheltenham. Rachel said: “I embarked on writing as a hobby almost 20 years ago and have seen steady progress, winning short story competitions and securing publication in women’s magazines. “After I achieved a distance-learning MA in Creative Writing with Lancaster University, a London agency decided that I was good enough to take on, leading to a contract with HarperCollins to publish my first psychological thriller, The Perfect Neighbours, and then to commit to my next two books”. The Perfect Neighbours reached the Amazon Kindle Top Ten chart and Number One in the British and Irish Kindle Crime Chart, and made number 45 in the USA. It has since been sold in British and Canadian bookshops and translated into Italian and Czech. Total sales are now well over 100,000 copies. Rachel said “I’m thrilled that HarperCollins have moved me onto their main crime fiction list. The Roommates is a psychological thriller set in a university. Four girls arrive for freshers’ week and find themselves sharing a flat. All four are holding secrets from their pasts, but when one of them goes missing, the other three have to learn to trust each other and work together to find her.” “That’s quite a change from my most recent novel,” Rachel added. “The Good Teacher, published this summer, was a reworked novel I wrote a few years ago, updated to give it a contemporary and edgier feel, but keeping on board my young detective, Pippa Adams. “After a popular teacher is murdered and dumped in a country ditch, and his wife found beaten and gagged at home, Pippa scratches the surface of the school community and uncovers the good teacher’s darkest secrets.” Rachel will join HarperCollins’ main crime and thriller list in November 2019 with The Roommates. The ebook is available from 24 October. Rachel said: “Having recently attended the Morecambe and Vice Crime Writing Festival in Lancashire, at the atmospheric 1930s art-deco Midland Hotel where they filmed Poirot, I’m awed by the enormous crime writing talent out there so I’m delighted that HarperCollins still place such confidence in me.” About the author Rachel studied German and Librarianship at Aberystwyth University and became a chartered librarian. Rachel’s signing to HarperCollins has given her the chance to launch as a full-time writer. Successes so far include The Perfect Neighbours, The Good Teacher and Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty. Rachel is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and has been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. Her stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. Rachel grew up in Lincolnshire before taking on challenges in Surrey and Shropshire and then moving to Germany. Her current home is in Gloucester. Before becoming a full time author, Rachel was a school librarian in Gloucester and Cheltenham, but always making time for writing.

We have been lucky enough to receive a signed copy of The Roommates, if you would like to win a copy, just drop me an email with your name and address and you will go into a draw. Deadline is 31st December - sarah@thelinkdirectories.co.uk

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Film Releases for December 2019 06th December 2019 Lucy in the Sky Starring – Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz, Pearl Amanda Dickenson Natalie Portman plays Lucy Cola, an astronaut who returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a space mission. But returning to solid ground is easier said than done, as Lucy quickly descends into a downward spiral losing touch with her friends and family, and when her lover begins an affair with an astronaut trainee, she begins to lose touch with reality, in a world that now seems too small.

Ordinary Love Starring – Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, Amit Shah Joan and Tom have been married for many years. There is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a life time together and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humour in equal part. When Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as they are faced with the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen if something were to happen to Joan. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville play the leads in a brand new romantic drama film.

Motherless Brooklyn Starring – Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones, Michael Kenneth Williams, Leslie Mann, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe Edward Norton stars and directs a gritty neo-noir thriller set in 1950s New York. He plays a private detective Lionel Essrog living with Tourette syndrome, who ventures to solve the murder of his only friend and mentor, Frank Minna. Armed with only a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of New York in the balance. The mystery takes Lionel from the gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem, to the hard-edged slums in Brooklyn, to the gilded halls of Manhattan’s power brokers as he is forced to contend with thugs and corruption to solve his friend’s death and save the woman who might be his only salvation.

13th December 2019 Black Christmas Starring – Imogen Poots, Lily Donoghue, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Simon Mead Remake of the cult 1974 slasher film of the same name, Black Christmas is a bloody horror as a campus killer comes face to face with a formidable group of friends. Riley and her friends are settling down for Christmas, decking the halls and being merry as the big day gets ever closer, but as the seasonal parties go on, the group begins to lose bodies one by one. A black masked stalker is killing the group individually and the group wonders if they can trust any man in the vicinity including Riley’s new crush Landon. Whoever the killer is, he is about to discover that this generation’s young women are nobody’s victims and won’t go down without a fight, and when they do, they’ll dream of a Black Christmas.

Jumanji: The Next Level Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Awkwafina, Nick Jonas, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover The gang returns from the hit film 2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, itself a sequel to the beloved 1995 classic starring Robin Williams. This time, the game has changed, as unbeknown to his friends; Spencer kept a part of the game that took them to the realm of Jumanji. When he tries to fix it in his grandfather’s basement, he suddenly disappears without a trace. When his friends investigate they realise they must go back into the game to save him however this time Spencer’s grandfather and his eccentric friend get pulled into the game. Together they will have to explore strange new lands including snowy mountain tops and dry deserts in order to escape the game.

20 December 2019 Cats Starring – James Cordon, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellan, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Francesca Hayward Based on the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name, Oscar winning director Tom Hooper transforms the spectacular stage show into a big screen extravaganza. The story follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make the “Jellicles choice”, deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer high in the sky and return home with a new life. With an all-star cast, the film reimagines the stage show for a new generation and includes state of the art effects, spectacular production design and dance styles, state of the art technology and a wide variety of dance choreography from ballet, to hip-hop, to jazz and tap. An exciting and remarkable experience, this is Cats for a new generation in a new format and is not to be missed.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Starring – Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Richard E. Grant, Billy Dee Williams It’s finally here. The thrilling conclusion to the Skywalker saga, nine films and 42 years later it’s all come down to this. A year after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face off against the terrifying First Order led by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren, the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia. As the ancient battle between good and evil begins to draw to a conclusion, the fate of the galaxy is in the balance as Rey learns how powerful she really is. Encompassing the magnificent history of the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker finishes the incredible story George Lucas began to tell back in 1977 when the first Star Wars film was released. With everything at stake, the Resistance face insurmountable odds to survive and save the galaxy against the might of the First Order, as an even more evil and terrifying threat lurks in the shadows.

27 December 2019 Spies in Disguise Starring – Will Smith, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Goldie Hawn, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled Spies in Disguise is an animated comedy from Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox. The film stars Will Smith, voicing super spy Lance Sterling who is a smooth and suave secret agent protecting the world from evil villains. When a particular mission gets more difficult than Lance first thought, he turns to lab tech guru Walter, who is the mastermind behind all of Lance’s brilliant gadgets. When events take a much unexpected turn, the chalk and cheese pair are forced to rely on each other in a whole new way and if they can’t work as a team, they could put the whole world in peril. Set in the high-octane world of espionage, this is not the typical adventure you would find James Bond in but is a hilarious animated comedy that will surprise and delight as the New Year draws in.

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Sudoku Complete the puzzle by 15th December 2019 and return, with your name and address, to The Hucclecote Link, 30 Dancers Hill, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5TY or email sarah@thelinkdirectories.co.uk

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Hucclecote Garden Club We recently had a really interesting Speaker, Lucy from The Canals and Rivers Trust, based in the Waterways Museum in Gloucester, come along to the Garden Club to give us an insight into the work currently being undertaken in Gloucestershire by the Trust. Shad, a fish we knew very little about, are being re-introduced and encouraged to thrive in the River Severn with ingenious methods being applied on the River itself to help this happen. In December we have our Members Evening, which gives Members an opportunity to get together prior to Christmas and enjoy free drinks, mincepies, a Raffle, Christmas Quiz as well as a Christmas Garland/Wreath Demonstration given by Sue from Over Farm. This is our last Meeting of the year but we can look forward to some exciting Talks next year on the National Garden Scheme, Garden Tips for Spring with Jon Mason from Highfield Nurseries and a Speaker from the R.S.P.B. We continue to meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Hucclecote Community Centre. For further details please contact either Joy on 553185 or Sue on 543573. HUCCLECOTE TOWNSWOMENS GUILD The Guild meets at the Hucclecote Community Centre at 7.30pm on the third Thursday each month. We are a friendly group of local ladies, who welcome visitors and guests to join us for our next monthly meeting which comprises a speaker or demonstration, a raffle, the bring-and-buy sales table, refreshments and the opportunity to socialise and catch up with friends. With Christmas not far off now, our final speaker of the year will be Mandy Marshall from The Churchdown Chutney Company; there is a Christmas-themed flower arranging day in mid-December, and the Christmas Social Evening to round off the year. Our most recent speaker was Marilyn Davis, whose talk was based on the diaries kept by her ancestor, Mary Ann Weston, who left Cheltenham in the 1840's to travel to America. She was in the first wave of settlers to establish Salt Lake City in Utah, having travelled in a wagon train after sailing from Liverpool to Quebec, and the descriptions Marilyn read from her diaries brought her story to life. If you would like to come to a Guild meeting, please phone Linda on 617701 for more information, or just come along on the night!

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Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory… ARCHITECT D2B Design

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BATHROOMS Severn Vale Bathrooms 35

BEAUTY THERAPY Beauty Spot Touch of Beauty

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BEDROOM FITTING PJB Carpentry

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LANDSCAPING

Cotswold Computer Medic 5 Hop 2 It 7 Jemtek Solutions 7

CURTAINS Interior Needs

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DAY CARE CENTRE Bohanam House

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Safeway Tarmac

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MARKETING

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ELECTRICIAN

Oven Busters

Capper Plumbing & Heating 11 Town & Country Plumbing 5

CAR AIR CON

property FINANCIAL PLANNING Budget maintenance

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CARPENTRY PJB Carpentry

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CARPET & FLOORING Gloucester Carpet Outlet 19

CARPETS Sapphire Carpets

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CHILDREN & FAMILY CENTRE Stay & Play sessions 27

COMMUNITY CENTRE Hucclecote Community Centre 2 Saintbridge Sports Centre 18

Cathedral Green Financial Planning 25

FLOORING PJB Carpentry

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Colour Fence Gloucester 15 Heritage Landscapes 8 Lawn Man 12

HEALTH & FITNESS Slimming World Spirit Health Club Zumba with Jane

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6 Dave Stevens 10 PJ Home Improvements 8 Your Home 16

RETAIL

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KITCHEN & BATHROOMS

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ROOFING SP Handcock & Sons Ltd

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SOLICITORS Dee and Griffin

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TAXI SERVICE A & L Taxis

HOME DÉCOR Interior Needs

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

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GARDENING

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PLUMBING

The Property Centre 1

AC Automotive

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PLASTERER

Ian Hancocks Construction, Renovation & Maintenance 14

ESTATE AGENTS

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OVEN CLEANERS

EJ Plasterer

Electri-Cal Solutions 11

BUILDERS

Abbeydale Landscapes 11 PCF Landscapes 12 Dynamic Sales Solutions

DRIVEWAYS

BLINDS Interior Needs UK Blinds

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE

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WINDOW REPAIRS Longlevens Window Repairs 8

Beaven Installations 4 PJB Carpentry 9

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